The Beginning of the End for ‘Forever Chemicals’

Helen Brearley & Jakob Skotte-Wied


With news that the Danish government has called for a ban on PFAS in all consumer products at a European Union level – and a limit of the chemical in Denmark – time is being called on the harmful substances often found in food packaging, textiles, and paint.

Commonly referred to as ‘forever chemicals’- with some taking over 1000 years to degrade – PFAS leakages have been found in air, water, plants, wildlife and even in breastmilk, causing serious harm to health. Used in the aerospace, automotive, construction, consumer products and electronics industries, if ingested in high enough quantities PFAS can cause complications such as liver and kidney damage, a rise in cholesterol and carcinoma, and reduced fertility and foetal development.


Now, the call from Danish Conservatives is a proposal that would see the current ban extended to PFAS in toys, cosmetics, jewellery, furniture, cleaning, and hobby products. Whilst this news is to be greeted with optimism, it means companies will be compelled to re-engineer products using alternative materials, without compromising existing designs and features.


But how will product, manufacturing and materials engineers, scientists, simulation analysts, process improvement, and IT professionals address the issues posed by new regulations? The challenge of tracking materials, including those used in components and surface treatments is complex and cannot be underestimated.


This is where Ansys Elite Channel Partner, EDRMedeso, can help.


Its range of Granta solutions have been proven to save time, drive innovation, cut costs and eliminate risk when it comes to PFAS and other restricted materials.


Identify restricted substances and de-risk your design at every step of the product development process.

From executives concerned with corporate liability to engineers making practical materials choices, This enables engineers to access insights into product composition and facilitate compliance with global regulations.


A module of the scalable Granta MI solution, it allows engineers to easily identify restricted substances in materials and processes used in their product design and manufacturing through combining of reference data with in-house data on materials, specification, and internal substances lists of interest.


Avoid business risk due to restricted substance regulations and consider compliance early in design (where change costs least and delivers the biggest impact).

Using Ansys Granta helps prevent multi-million-dollar costs associated with expenses, delays or reputational damage, as users can base their decisions on robust data about the materials and specifications that drive use of restricted substances. Having this depth of information at your fingertips means any material changes can be made well in advance, delivering certainty in the earliest stages of design prototyping.


“By managing and linking together all relevant data we enable

 better answers in much less time.”

Peter Mezey, Project Engineer

BCA Chemical and Material Risk Management



Compatible with leading CAD, CAE and PLM systems, this user-friendly module for the core Granta MI solution, offers a best practice framework for managing critical chemical and substance risk. Not only that but Granta with the latest regulations covering 60 countries and over 11000 restricted substances. Other features and benefits include:

  • Facility to link materials, specifications, coatings, and components to the substances they contain.
  • Connections to the latest legislation to understand regulatory impact.
  • Tools to manage complex information, for example, which specifications contain substances in the latest REACH candidate list.
  • Search/Find capabilities to identify new material options to mitigate risks.
  • Ability to build lists of preferred materials to guide decision making.
  • easily visible ‘at-a-glance’ risk factors and what impact modification of a design would have.
  • Quickly generated compliance reports.
  • Queries and reports which are run on a single component or across multiple components to find where a particular substance is used within a company’s product portfolio.


To find out more about Ansys Granta MI and Ansys Granta MI Restricted Substances module, and to get access to the largest dataset covering information on substances, legislation, materials and specifications, contact the experts at EDRMedeso.







Helen Brearley & Jakob Skotte-Wied